Bomb charge Briton to stay in Yemen jail

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The Independent Online
BRITISH OFFICIALS said they were "disappointed" after a man facing terrorism charges in Yemen was not given bail on health grounds.

It had been thought that Ghulam Hussein, 25, from Luton, Bedfordshire, would be released yesterday. He is one of eight Britons on trial on terrorist charges and lawyers have been appealing for his release on bail because he suffers from various illnesses including liver disease.

The British Embassy guaranteed at a court hearing on Saturday that it would not issue Mr Hussein, who has his wife, daughter and mother in Aden, with a travel document. Christchurch, an Anglican Church in Aden, guaranteed that he would report daily to police and attend court sessions.The church is one of the landmarks that the group had allegedly plotted to bomb.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Unfortunately the judge... did not accept the church's guarantees, and wasn't able to release him on bail. We had hoped he would."